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Insurers plan to invest more in private equity and ESG

Tuesday, April 05, 2022

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Global insurance companies will invest more in private equity and green or impact bonds this year, as formulas to be able to seek greater profitability and cover themselves from the current scenario of rising inflation, said a study.

Goldman Sachs Asset Management's eleventh Annual Insurance Survey showed that finance and investment managers of insurers around the world continue to prioritize the search for yield and sustainability in their main investment decisions.

"Higher vaccination rates have eased worries about the pandemic, but rising inflation and the effect on monetary policy are now top of mind. As political and financial policy uncertainty raise concerns around credit and equity volatility, investor demand remains high for yield-enhancing strategies across the risk curve in fixed income, equities, and private assets," the report noted.

According to the survey, carried out among 328 insurance companies, which manage investments worth $13 trillion, the complex macroeconomic backdrop resulted in sharp contrasting views for 2022 investment opportunities. In 2020 and 2021, most respondents maintained a more pessimistic view about the investment opportunity set at 71% and 60%, respectively.

This year's survey, conducted as the world transitions to a post-pandemic environment, found insurers are more optimistic, with 63% saying the investment landscape was either the same or improving, compared to just 40% in 2021.


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